As Labor Day approaches and we all reflect on the work we and others do, it's worth keeping in mind how fairly we are compensated for that work, and who is a position to change things for the better.

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  • Source: <a href="http://www.pay-equity.org/info-time.html" target="_hplink">National Committee On Pay Equity</a>

  • Source: Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Current Population Survey, Table 37, "Median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by selected characteristics," 2010, via AFLCIO via <a href="http://www.pay-equity.org/PDFs/ProfWomen.pdf" target="_hplink">The National Committee On Pay Equity</a>

  • Source: <a href="http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/2010/04/equal_pay.html" target="_hplink">Center For American Progress</a>

  • Source: <a href="http://www.unifem.org/gender_issues/women_poverty_economics/facts_figures.php#1" target="_hplink">UN Women</a>

  • Source: Amy Caiazza of The Institute For Women's Policy Research, quoted on <a href="http://www.searchmothers.com/features/editorial_momsrising.php" target="_hplink">MomsRising.com</a>.

  • Source: <a href="http://www.congress.org/congressorg/directory/demographics.tt?catid=gend" target="_hplink">Congress.org</a>

  • Source: <a href="http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/press_room/news/documents/PressRelease_11-06-10.pdf" target="_hplink">Center For American Women And Politics</a>

  • Source: <a href="http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/fast_facts/levels_of_office/documents/elective.pdf" target="_hplink">Center For Women And Politics</a>

  • Source: <a href="http://www.cawp.rutgers.edu/fast_facts/levels_of_office/documents/elective.pdf" target="_hplink">Center For American Women And Politics</a>

  • Source: <a href="http://www.wcffoundation.org/pages/research/women-in-politics-statistics.html" target="_hplink">Women's Campaign Forum Foundation</a>

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